Internet users have a nice opportunity to tune in via the web on a pair of workshops set up to discuss issues related to combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation (DG) development in California.
UPDATE MAY 12, 2005: The webcasts of these two meetings don’t appear to be archived on the CEC web site. So we’ve added links below to the various presentations that the CEC has put online that came out of these meetings.
Both of the workshops are being coordinated by the California Energy Commission’s Integrated Energy Policy Report committee. Internet users can tap into the webcast of these two sessions by visiting: www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/
Detail on the two workshops:
Thursday, April 28, 2005 – 9:00 a.m.
A workshop to review and discuss California’s market potential for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Distributed Generation (DG). The workshop seeks to identify and understand current market and policy implications of both end-users and utilities. In addition, international CHP/DG user experiences will be discussed. Presentations about current CHP/DG issues, analysis, and experiences in California will be followed by round table discussions.
The workshop will examine end-users’ experiences with: Building CHP/DG projects, Operating and maintaining CHP/DG installations and Policy options to increase CHP/DG adoption. In 1999, The Energy Commission identified over 12gigawatts of potential for CHP and cogeneration in California. Thus far, only 9 gigawatts have been installed in California. The delay in more fully implementing CHP/DG in California may be attributed to regulatory uncertainties, natural gas prices, utility tariffs, emissions standards, and other drivers. Complete list and links to presentations from this meeting
Meeting Document: Assessment of California CHP Market and Policy Options for Increased Penetration – Draft Consultant Report. Online April 15, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005 – 9:00 a.m.
This is a workshop to discuss California’s distribution planning process and the role of Distributed Generation (DG) and Demand Response (DR) in the planning process. Participants will have the opportunity to review and discuss the development of a more transparent distribution planning process that will ensure cost effective and reliable distribution services. The workshop will identify typical distribution planning processes used today and innovative approaches used elsewhere in the United States. In addition, findings from recent research with distribution planning implications will be highlighted. Research has indicated that DG and DR does provide utility system benefits. These benefits require reassessment on how utilities conduct distribution planning and investment decisions.
Meeting Document: Optimal Portfolio Methodology for Assessing Distributed Energy Resources Benefits for the EnergynetSM – Draft Consultant Report. Online April 15,2005